Michael Farrar

Artist and Instructor

Why Take A Class or Workshop With Michael?

Michael shows regularly at invitational shows, festivals, galleries, national watercolor shows and theme-based shows.  He has won more than sixty awards, honors, and ribbons for his work.  He and his work have been featured, and he has been the subject of several television interviews.


He is a signature member of the Virginia, Baltimore, and Pennsylvania Watercolor Societies.


Michael offers workshops in both non-objective abstracts and naturalistic landscapes.  His workshops are based on his belief that a solid understanding of the elements and principles of design will make a better composer of any type of painting.


Where You Can Take a Class or Workshop From Michael

Michael teaches regularly at Roanoke's Studio School and Brambleton Center, Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center, and the Clifton Forge School of the Arts. All of these are great options if you live in the area.


If you can not make it to one of these locations you can still take a workshop of Michael's.  Michael is offering one day or multiple day workshops and he will travel to your location.  Michael classes and workshops are open to all skill levels; but his classes are for adults ages 18 and older.  For more information on taking classes and workshops with Michael please contact him.

What Michael's Students Have to Say

"I am pleased to recommend Michael Farrar as an art teacher.  I have been taking drawing, oil, and watercolor painting classes from Micheael for three years.  He is an accomplished artist and his love for art is contagious.  Michael has a gift for working with all levels of students and has aided them to believe they are artist in their own.  Micheal beings each class with a demonstration of a new skill and ends each class with an assignment of homework and an inquiry of problems or questions they may be having with their art. -- Carol L.


"My watercolor painting has improved greatly since I began taking watercolor classes from Micheal Farrar, which I've done for several years.  He encourages freedom of expression while offering advice on technical skill, composition, color mixing, and general painting development.  He demonstrates various methods during class time and often layers those demonstrations into complete paintings over time so that students can watch the construction process." -- Katherine H.


"I recently began painting and was looking for an instructor who would work with me because I had no formal art training.  Michael has been very patient and informative and I truly enjoy his classes." -- Vaunda L.


"For the past six years I have taken classes with Michael Farrar.  He has always been patient and encouraging of my attempts and willing to offer positive feedback.  I feel like I have learned much about composition, values, and coloring mixing.  Painting is a relaxing hobby for me, and I appreciate Micheal's help in achieving my objectives."  -- Libby D. 


"In addition to being knowledgeable and helpful, Michael is flexible, endlessly patient and good-humored.  Not only do I learn and improve in every class, but I enjoy the process." -- Jacqueline E.